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 Monday, February 19, 2018
Along with the previously-shared Image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with standard product images and eye candy (including movements illustrated) are now available on the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
This review is my current top priority. Stay tuned.
 
The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Adorama | Amazon | Beach Camera | eBay | WEX.
 
Stock is expected soon at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2018 10:13:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 14, 2018
With the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L and 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lenses in house, I took a fresh look at the site's How to Determine the Age of a Canon Lens page. The answers in the serial number table lookup appear to be plausible for both lenses. So, I added the new year to the chart.
 
If you have acquired a new Canon lens in the last year or so, please take a moment to look up its date of manufacture. Then let us know if the answer appears to be correct for your lens. Or, at least approximately so as a few months of difference in the age of a lens is usually completely irrelevant unless there is a service notice issued and in that case, specific serial number ranges are provided.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/14/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2018
Prepare to be impressed: Image quality test results have been added to the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
Wipe the drool. This is not an inexpensive lens, but it is delivering extremely high image quality.
 
Note that results with extenders are included, showing that this lens can be used with those. The with-extender results show that great image quality remains available and extenders add significantly to the versatility of this lens.
 
Also note that shifted results are included. To accommodate the tilt and shift movements, the lens must produce an image circle larger than the designed-for sensor format requires. As the lens is shifted (and/or tilted), the periphery of this larger image circle comes into use. Thus, the shifted results have meaning and in this case, the shifted-"12mm" results show a very slight degradation in the corner.
 
To see the level of image quality being produced here, check out a comparison against one of the sharpest lenses available: Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L vs EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens. Create your own comparisons.
 
The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Amazon (only 2 in stock through Canon-authorized Beach Camera) and coming soon to B&H | | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2018 7:58:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 7, 2018
 Monday, February 5, 2018
In addition to the previously-shared Image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements are available on the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I expect to have the full review Tamron 100-400mm VC lens review completed early this week.
 
The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 2/5/2018 8:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
It was interesting to see Tamron announce a 100-400mm lens not terribly long after the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens introduction. The Sigma was a big hit, delivering great image quality in a small, lightweight package that was nicely built and well-featured for an especially-popularity-driving low price. With these two lenses being very similar, including the same street price, I am anxious to learn which is the best. The image quality results are a good start in that determination.
 
Of importance is a short discussion of the corner performance equivalency of this lens copy at the wider half of the focal length range. As long as the lens elements are properly constructed/dimensioned, a properly-aligned lens will deliver equal image quality in each corner. The Tamron 100-400 we are testing modestly favors the left corners. That of course places it at a disadvantage in the site's image quality tool as the right corner shows there.
 
For clarification, here is the top-left vs top-right corner comparison:
 
Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Left vs. Right Corner Image Quality Comparison
 
Because the Sigma 100-400 is this lens' closest competitor, I added that lens' wide open 100mm sample to the bottom. While the Sigma crop appears slightly sharper than the Tamron crop, I doubt that most will find that difference to be of significance in the overall comparison.
 
Most of our review lenses are off-the-shelf retail and your chances of getting a slightly misaligned one are as good as ours. This defect can happen, but ... no one is happy when they learn that their lens has an issue (and it costs us a lot of time to minimally explain what is happening and ideally to re-test another lens). We'll try to find time to test another lens copy at some point, but for now, try to visualize the above differences when viewing the following comparisons.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Sigma
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Canon
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Sony (different resolution cameras used)
 
The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new Tamron 100-400mm VC Lens. Leave them in the comments section!
Post Date: 1/24/2018 8:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 22, 2018
Just posted: Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens Review.
 
It this the first super-zoom all-in-one lens to break the image quality barrier?
 
The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 1/22/2018 8:52:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens page.
 
Clear is that this is the longest focal length range available in a DSLR lens. Is this the first superzoom to break the image quality barrier? That answer is not so "clear".
 
The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 1/16/2018 8:00:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 15, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
I'm always looking for a better tripod and this one qualifies.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/15/2018 8:10:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 11, 2018
As expected, I am able to bring you another ball head review today: Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head Review.
 
Minimally, you will learn what that model name means. Quite possibly, you will learn about a ball head that might be right at home in your kit. The tiny premium-grade Gitzo GH1382TQ looks great and performs at least as well.
 
The Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Deal: Amazon, via well-rated seller DBROTH, has a couple of GH1382TQD heads in stock for only $249.95 (regular price is $319.88). Act fast!
Post Date: 1/11/2018 7:27:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Let's call this "Ball Head Week". The Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head Review is now available and if all goes as planned, I'll post a non-RRS ball head review tomorrow.
 
Need a tiny, lightweight ball head that is well-design, excellently constructed, handles significant capacities and performs stellarly? This might be the one for you. The BH-30 is, in many ways, a compact and lightweight version of the BH-40.
 
The Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/10/2018 7:35:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head Review.
 
Need a compact, relatively light ball head that is well-design, well constructed, handles significant capacities and performs stellarly? This might be the one for you. The BH-40 is, in many ways, a compact and lightweight version of the BH-55.
 
The Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/9/2018 7:50:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 8, 2018
 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Just posted: Sony a7R III Review.
 
Check out Sony's latest full frame powerhouse camera!
 
The Sony a7R III is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (awaiting stock).
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/2/2018 8:42:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Sony a7R III page has been updated with a close look at image quality and an especially close look at the very interesting new Pixel Shift feature.
 
The Sony a7R III is available for order at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/19/2017 7:04:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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